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Jeremy J. Wolk



Jeremy Wolk’s practice encompasses various business and corporate law matters, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, commercial deals, strategic initiatives and intellectual property transactions. His clients range from IP-centric startups to Fortune 150 corporations, which he counsels on the purchase, sale, development and monetization of content and technology assets, as well as, information technology and business process outsourcing transactions.

What do you focus on?

I am a transactional attorney focusing on the acquisition, divestiture, commercialization and utilization of companies, assets and market offerings. While diverse in nature, my clients tend to have core assets that are based in intellectual property, many of whom I have advised though the trials, tribulations and triumphs inherent to such companies. Prior to joining NP, I was the senior vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary of iVillage Inc., a public company listed on the NASDAQ National Market acquired by NBC Universal, Inc. for $600 million. My experience leading buy, sale and business venture processes provides a unique insight into such transactions.

Mergers and Acquisitions

I assist clients with buying and selling companies and assets. My industry experience is broad in scope and scale from small manufacturers, software developers and food purveyors to international wine distributors, aviation services companies and media businesses.

Licensing

I have vast experience in the inbound and outbound licensing of patents, trademarks and copyrights in many industries including software, media, information technology, renewable energy, biotech and emerging technology. Through legal mechanisms I assist these companies with maximizing monetization and protection of these IP assets. I also advise on the services that often accompany the creation, maintenance or enhancement of intellectual property assets.

Outsourcing/Privacy

I advise clients on global and domestic technology and service transactions to facilitate strategic initiatives, protect assets and avoid the pitfalls inherent to these transactions.  I regularly strategize, draft and negotiate agreements for classic information technology and business process outsourcing, cloud and “as-a-service” offerings, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.  As these transactions often include data security and privacy risks, I team with clients to design practical and legal protections. 

Commercial Transactions and General Counsel Activities

As a General Counsel of iVillage Inc. and NBC Universal, Inc., I spent seven years advising the company and its numerous foreign and domestic subsidiaries on day-to-day operational activities for their online, print and television offerings. As such, I have a unique understanding of the commercial activities and the demands of a general counsel and since joining NP have acted as external general counsel for clients with no legal department to assisting companies with legal departments the size of some law firms.

Equity Offerings and Financings

I represent a myriad of venture capitalists, private equity funds, financial institutions and issuers in securities offerings and financing activities. In addition to traditional debt and equity issuances and investments, I have advised IP-focused private equity funds with patent commercialization funding arrangements, international banks with commercial financings of film and television productions and major universities with venture investments.

What do you see on the horizon?

Cash flows from intellectual property will diversify as owners seek new methods to monetize core and under-utilized assets, private equity funds target IP portfolios as a new investment class and investors participate in the new Intellectual Property Exchange International. We will be ready to assist in traditional and novel ways for buying, selling and commercializing IP assets.

Presentations

  • Moderator, “Private Equity Investing Outlook: What is next for the Consumer Products & Services Industry,” Nixon Peabody Hot Topics in the Middle Market, March 2017

Representative Experience

  • Represented global information technology solutions and services company in acquisition of assets from major entertainment company and related transactional matters involving conversion of application suite to software-as-a-service offering to major movie and television studios.
  • Represented leading grocery e-tailor in strategic transactions including services agreements for relaunch of online store and “bet-the-company” commercial agreements involving new automated warehouse management facility and systems.
  • Represent prominent imaging technology company on all commercial aspects of development and worldwide launch of sharing economy offering.
  • Advising Valaquenta Intellectual Properties Limited, a Bermuda company, in several intellectual property transactions, including sale of assets and patent license of foreign exchange trading platform to Gain Capital Holdings, Inc. (GCAP), including post-closing matters relating thereto.
  • Represent a leading digital and social game publisher in corporate activities involving tender offer of foreign parent company.
  • Represented exchange trading platform developer in implementation of monetization strategy and intellectual property transactions, including sale of assets and patent license of foreign exchange trading platform to Gain Capital Holdings, Inc. (GCAP).
  • Represented Bermuda intellectual property holding company in connection with its purchase of patents and assets from a prominent firm consisting of several investment funds and one of the largest patent portfolios.
  • Represent an Austin-based private equity firm concentrated on intellectual property investments in the acquisition and licensing of portfolio assets.
  • Represent leading professional print and online media company in development, strategic initiative and inbound and outbound licensing transactions.
  • Represented global leader in business process and document management in licensing transactions and general corporate overflow matters.
  • Represented leading French multi-platform interactive entertainment company in valuation and divestiture of IP portfolio assets.
  • Represented leader in photography products in joint venture proposal with major semiconductor company.
  • Represented BBA Aviation (BBA:LN), a global industry leader in aviation services, in its acquisition of the trade and assets of PLH Aviation Services and Dryden Air Services.
  • Represented North American Partners in Anesthesia, the largest single specialty anesthesia management company in the United States, in the recapitalization of NAPA’s practice management company (Awarded 2011 ACG New York Champion’s Award for Healthcare & Life Sciences Deal of the Year).
  • Represented venture capital fund of major university in portfolio investments.
  • Represented healthcare services firm in the sale of the assets of its mobile radiology division.
  • Represented five of the eleven CapX 2020 utilities in closing the first of five contemplated joint venture transactions. CapX2020 is a joint initiative of eleven transmission-owning utilities in Minnesota and the surrounding region to expand the electric transmission grid to ensure continued reliable and affordable service.

Initial Coin Offerings Getting Increased Scrutiny by SEC

Rochester Business Journal | January 12, 2018

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk and Rochester public company transactions associate Brian Becker wrote this column examining SEC issues surrounding ICOs (initial coin offerings).

How nation’s new tax law might affect charitable organizations

Rochester Business Journal | December 15, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk, M&A and corporate transactions counsel Anita Pelletier and Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Mike Cooney authored this column about the impact of U.S. tax reform on nonprofits.

Getting one step ahead on matters of mobile accessibility

Rochester Business Journal | November 17, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk, Los Angeles health care partner Jill Gordon and Los Angeles labor and employment associate Mae Hau coauthored this contributed article on the explosion of mobile health applications and the potential accessibility issues.

Department of Education withdraws Obama-era Title IX Guidance

Rochester Business Journal | October 20, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk authored this column about the Department of Education’s recent decision to withdraw of Obama-era Title IX guidance.

S corp or C corp? Decisions pile up when creating a startup

Rochester Business Journal | September 22, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk authored this column on early-stage legal considerations for entrepreneurs and startups.

10th Circuit rules university is not liable in alleged rape case

Rochester Business Journal | July 28, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk and Providence commercial litigation counsel Steven Richard contributed this column about a Title IX lawsuit in which the plaintiff alleged deliberate indifference to her complaint by the university.

In first, N.Y.C. law governs business contracts with freelancers

Rochester Business Journal | June 16, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk authored this column about the “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act, which was passed by the New York City Council and is the country’s first payment protection measure for freelance workers/non-employees.

Attorneys play critical role in startups

Buffalo Law Journal | May 26, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk is quoted in this article about the critical role attorneys can have on the business team for startup companies.

Haze surrounds marijuana laws for HR professionals

Rochester Business Journal | May 19, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk and Long Island partner Chris Gegwich co-authored this article about employee protections in states that currently allow marijuana for medical purposes or recreational use.

Supreme Court decides how far patent laws can reach

Rochester Business Journal | April 21, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk, Washington DC IP counseling and transactions partner Jeff Costellia and Chicago IP counseling and transactions associate Angelo Christopher co-authored this column about a Supreme Court decision regarding the reach of U.S. patent rights for exported products.

Before acquiring a firm, check its cybersecurity setup

Rochester Business Journal | March 17, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk and labor and employment associate Jenny Holmes co-authored this column about cybersecurity due diligence.

New state measure amends Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013

Rochester Business Journal | February 10, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk, Washington DC nonprofit organizations partner Michael Cooney and Rochester nonprofit organizations counsel Anita Pelletier co-authored this column about updates to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 and what New York nonprofits will need to do in order to comply.

No immunity from cyberattacks and data breaches in 2016 and beyond

Rochester Business Journal | January 13, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk and labor and employment associate Jenny Holmes co-authored this column about cyber security. The column provides an overview of the risks and potential legislative changes that could help small businesses and tips for creating a privacy policy.

Law Column

Rochester Business Journal | December 09, 2016

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk and San Francisco labor and employment associate Traci Bernard-Marks co-authored this article about impacts the Trump administration may have on labor and employment law.

Directors’ fiduciary duties come into focus at year-end

Rochester Business Journal | November 11, 2016

Rochester Private Equity & Investment Funds partner Jeremy Wolk and M&A and Corporate Transactions associate Isaac Figueras authored this column about the fiduciary duties of boards of directors at year end.

Limited privacy of donor information in New York

Rochester Business Journal | October 17, 2016

Rochester Private Equity & Investment Funds partner Jeremy Wolk and Washington DC M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Mike Cooney authored this column about privacy issues surrounding charitable donors in New York.

Supreme Court’s Short-handedness Limits its Functioning

Rochester Business Journal | September 23, 2016

Rochester partners Jeremy Wolk and David Tennant authored this column discussing the impact of the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cloud Computing Service Details Require Careful Negotiation

Rochester Business Journal | August 19, 2016

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk authored this column that discusses cloud service agreements.

Contact

Jeremy J. Wolk

Partner

Rochester

Phone: 585-263-1050

New York

Phone: 212-940-3000


Fax: 866-560-0661

Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University, M.B.A., Banking & Finance

Hofstra University School of Law, J.D.

Ithaca College, B.S., Sport Management/Pre-Law

New York

Jeremy was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 in the fields of Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) and Mergers and Acquisitions Law. Jeremy has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2016.

Jeremy has been named a Recognized Practitioner in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 for Corporate/M&A (New York (Upstate)).

Jeremy was selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list in 2013-2016 in the area of Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Intellectual Property.

  • Board of Trustees and Secretary, Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation
  • President, Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester New York
  • Treasurer, Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Monroe Community College Foundation
  • Assistant Secretary, Greater Rochester Enterprise
  • Member, American, New York State and Monroe County Bar Associations
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